Belarus is not going to beg anything from Russia, president says

Belarus is not going to beg anything from Russia, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said as he met with Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev in the Kremlin on November 22, BelTA informs.

"There is something we need to talk about today. But at first I would like to dismiss all kinds of insinuations that have appeared recently that Belarus was going to beg something from the Kremlin. I would like to say straight away we are not going to ask for anything," the Belarusian leader said.

Alexander Lukashenko reminded, that Belarus was an assembly room of the former Soviet Union "and of Russia today". "We buy completing parts and resources from the Russian Federation. If the economy of Belarus comes to a halt, it will mean 10 million partially or completely unemployed people in Russia. As the companies from which we buy the completing parts will close down too. I think this is not in the interests of Russia, even more so of Belarus. In this context we do want support of the Russian Federation because this is in the interests of Russia and Belarus," the Head of State said.

The President of Belarus agreed with the Russian counterpart that 2008 was a complicated but fruitful year for the two states. "We have achieved truly significant results in economy. There were no problems in other areas. Russia is right to emphasize that the current economic situation was created not by us. It came to Belarus and Russia from outside. If the stability prevailed in the world, we would stand firmly on our feet in five years (Russia even sooner)," the Belarusian leader is confident.

Alexander Lukashenko and Dmitry Medvedev said that the current difficult financial and economic situation made an impact on the rate of economic development. "We do not conceal this fact. But the statements made in Europe and in the USA that you cannot overcome the crisis on your own are right," the Belarusian Head of State said.

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